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Come enjoy fall leaves at Cooper Lake State Park

by Taylor Nye

Fall leaves at Cooper Lake State Park/ Courtesy Steve Killian

November is the “Heart of Fall” in Northeast Texas; the perfect time to hike a trail, go camping, or catch a fish!  Cooper Lake State Park is that fall fun destination, and has numerous educational programs schedule for the month. 

In Texas, fall is usually finally here by November! Leaf colors are displaying their natural beauty; scattered sunny, perfect-temperature days dot the month making it the best time to take a hike, pitch a tent, or wet a line.  The month should also provide us with a few clear, cold nights just as perfect for a roaring campfire.  During this November, a total of 14 programs focused on family fun and learning about our natural world will be presented.  Our highlighted program topics for November are Astronomy, Campfire Stories, Kid Fish, and a Dog Hike!  All programs are free with a valid entrance permit.   

Short periods of immersion in nature, research has shown, can make you happier, healthier, and even smarter.  Make Cooper Lake State Park or one of our other 87 state parks your go-to for that something we all need in our busy, stressful lives.  Our Park Rangers are here and ready to help make your visit memorable.

For more information on this or other events and programs, visit the Facebook pages:

  • Cooper Lake State Park – South Sulphur 903-945-5256
  • Cooper Lake State Park – Doctors Creek 903-395-3100

Doctors Creek Unit
Saturday, November 6 – DC 
Skins and Skulls – 10 a.m. @ Doctors Creek Headquarters – Get an inside look at some of the creatures that live in our park.
Sunday, November 7 — DC
Reading with the Ranger – 10 a.m.  Meet at Doctors Creek Pelican Point Day Use Area. 
Explore nature in literature with a ranger.
Saturday, November 13 —DC
Fossils – 10 a.m. @ Doctors Creek Headquarters 
How are fossils created? Take a journey back in time as we discover how fossils were formed.

Saturday, November 20 — DC
Dutch Oven Cooking – 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Meet at Doctors Creek Pelican Point Pavilion. Join the NETDOGs as they prepare an assortment of food using cast iron cookware.

Sunday, November 21 — DC
Becoming a Jr. Ranger – 10 a.m. Meet at the Doctors Creek Headquarters; learn what it takes to become a Jr. Ranger.

Saturday, November 27 — DC

Walk Your Dog in Wildlife – 10 a.m. Meet at Doctors Creek Cedar Creek North Loop – Bring your pups for a walk in nature.

South Sulphur Unit
Saturday, November 6 – SS

Skins and Skulls – 2 p.m. @ South Sulphur Heron Harbor – 
Get an inside look at some of the creatures that live in our park.

Saturday, November 13 — SS
Fossils – 2 p.m. @ South Sulphur Heron Harbor – How are fossils created? Take a journey back in time as we discover how fossils were formed.

Sunday, November 14 — SS
Photography Walk – 10 a.m. Meet at South Sulphur Coyote Run trailhead. Join us on a short walk gathering tips and tricks of outdoor photography. Cell phone cameras will work just fine on this walk.

Friday, November 19 — SS
Campfire Stories – 7 p.m. Meet at South Sulphur Sunset Cove Day Use Area.  Bring your campfire stories to share with us and bring your S’mores fixings!

Saturday, November 20 — SS
Kid Fish – 1 p.m. meet at South Sulphur Heron Harbor fishing wall. Join us we celebrate Universal Children’s Day learning to fish.

Friday, November 26 – SS 
Stargazing – 7 p.m. meet at the South Sulphur Swim Beach. Join us as we explore the late Autumn night sky. 

Saturday, November 27 — SS
Walk Your Dog in Wildlife – 1 p.m. Meet at South Sulphur Coyote Run Bring your pups for a walk in nature.

Sunday, November 28 – SS
Nature Journaling – 10 a.m. Meet at South Sulphur Heron Harbor for a morning of observing nature and the varied ways to record our findings.

Contributed by Steve Killian

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